By Linda Ike
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said the Legislative Personality of the Decade Award confered on him was for the entire Green Chamber
Gbajabiamila stated this after he, alongside Governor of Niger State, Sani Bello, Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola, and others received the 2022 Democracy Heroes Awards Africa in Abuja.
He said the award will spur the Legislators in the House of Representatives to make more quality legislations for National development.
Gbajabiamila who was represented by Hon. Aliyu Ibrahim, member representing Wurno/Rabbah Federal Constituency of Sokoto state said the Speaker dedicated the award to the 9th House of Representatives which has passed ground breaking legislations such as the Petroleum Industry Act and the Electoral Act, 2022.
He said: “On behalf of my leader, we say thank you very much, the organisers of this great event for honouring not only him, the right honourable speaker but indeed the House of Representatives.
“We hold this award in high esteem and it will further embolden us to do more. Under our able leadership, there are a lot of legislative landmarks as you know, ranging from the Electoral Act to the passage of the great Petrolueam Industry Act.
The Spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, who was part of the delegations that represented the Speaker also reiterated the commitment of the parliament to providing legislative interventions for the progress, unity and prosperity of the country.
On his part, Niger State Governor, Sani Bello who bagged Democracy Man of the Year Award stressed the need for administration of the Local Government to be operated as it should, stating that this will reduce pressure on the State Capital hence Government would be closer to the people.
“I want to advice anyone who will find himself in position of a governor to please allow democratic principles to guide us on how we run the affairs of government. I thank the organisers for this,’’ he said.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who received the Best Minister of the Year award said democracy thrives on the rule of law and any democratic Government that does not recognise, appreciate and ensure the rule of law, is a failed democracy.
“Democracy in its real definition is the application of the rule of law, it is about the rule of law and that will lead to development.” he stated.